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## To form a system of units, we require a minimum of 3 physical quantities.

To form a system of units, we require a minimum of 3 physical quantities.

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To form a system of units, we require a minimum of 3 physical quantities.

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## International System of Units

## International System of Units

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SI defining constants

Symbol Defining constant Exact value

ΔCs hyperfine transition frequency of Cs 9192631770 Hz

c speed of light 299792458 m/s

h Planck constant 6.62607015×10−34 J⋅s

e elementary charge 1.602176634×10−19 C

k Boltzmann constant 1.380649×10−23 J/K

A Avogadro constant 6.02214076×1023 mol−1

cd luminous efficacy of 540 THz radiation 683 lm/W

SI base units

Symbol Name Quantity

s second time m metre length kg kilogram mass

A ampere electric current

K kelvin thermodynamic temperature

mol mole amount of substance

cd candela luminous intensity

The **International System of Units,** known by the international abbreviation **SI**[a] in all languages[1]: 125 [2]: iii [3] and sometimes pleonastically as the **SI system**,[b] is the modern form[1]: 117 [6][7] of the metric system[g] and the world's most widely used system of measurement.[1]: 123 [9][10] Established and maintained[11] by the General Conference on Weights and Measures[j] (CGPM[k]), it is the only system of measurement with an official status[m] in nearly every country in the world,[n] employed in science, technology, industry, and everyday commerce.

The SI comprises a coherent[o] system of units of measurement starting with seven base units, which are the second (symbol s, the unit of time), metre (m, length), kilogram (kg, mass), ampere (A, electric current), kelvin (K, thermodynamic temperature), mole (mol, amount of substance), and candela (cd, luminous intensity). The system can accommodate coherent units for an unlimited number of additional quantities. These are called coherent derived units, which can always be represented as products of powers of the base units.[p] Twenty-two coherent derived units have been provided with special names and symbols.[q]

The seven base units and the 22 coherent derived units with special names and symbols may be used in combination to express other coherent derived units.[r] Since the sizes of coherent units will be convenient for only some applications and not for others, the SI provides twenty-four prefixes which, when added to the name and symbol of a coherent unit[s] produce twenty-four additional (non-coherent) SI units for the same quantity; these non-coherent units are always decimal (i.e. power-of-ten) multiples and sub-multiples of the coherent unit.[t][u] The SI is intended to be an evolving system; units and prefixes are created and unit definitions are modified through international agreement as the technology of measurement progresses and the precision of measurements improves.

Since 2019, the magnitudes of all SI units have been defined by declaring that seven have certain exact numerical values when expressed in terms of their SI units. These defining constants are the speed of light in vacuum , the hyperfine transition frequency of caesium ΔCs, the Planck constant , the elementary charge , the Boltzmann constant , the Avogadro constant A, and the luminous efficacy cd. The nature of the defining constants ranges from fundamental constants of nature such as to the purely technical constant cd. Prior to 2019, , , , and A were not defined a priori but were rather very precisely measured quantities. In 2019, their values were fixed by definition to their best estimates at the time, ensuring continuity with previous definitions of the base units.

The current way of defining the SI is a result of a decades-long move towards increasingly abstract and idealised formulation in which the realisations of the units are separated conceptually from the definitions. A consequence is that as science and technologies develop, new and superior realisations may be introduced without the need to redefine the unit. One problem with artefacts is that they can be lost, damaged, or changed; another is that they introduce uncertainties that cannot be reduced by advancements in science and technology. The last artefact used by the SI was the International Prototype of the Kilogram, a cylinder of platinum–iridium.

The original motivation for the development of the SI was the diversity of units that had sprung up within the centimetre–gram–second (CGS) systems (specifically the inconsistency between the systems of electrostatic units and electromagnetic units) and the lack of coordination between the various disciplines that used them. The General Conference on Weights and Measures (French: – CGPM), which was established by the Metre Convention of 1875, brought together many international organisations to establish the definitions and standards of a new system and to standardise the rules for writing and presenting measurements. The system was published in 1960 as a result of an initiative that began in 1948, so it is based on the metre–kilogram–second system of units (MKS) rather than any variant of the CGS.

## Contents

1 Introduction

1.1 Controlling body

1.2 Overview of the units

1.2.1 SI base units

1.2.2 SI derived units

1.2.3 Why SI kept the distinction between base and derived units

1.2.4 SI metric prefixes and the decimal nature of the SI

1.2.5 Coherent and non-coherent SI units

1.2.6 Permitted non-SI units

## What is the International System of Units (SI)?

Learn about the global standard for expressing the magnitudes or quantities of important natural phenomena. Explore SI base units and more.

DEFINITION

## International System of Units (SI)

Robert Sheldon

### What is the International System of Units (SI)?

The International System of Units is a global standard for expressing the magnitudes or quantities of important natural phenomena. Also referred to as the metric system, the System of Units is commonly abbreviated as SI, which comes from the original French name, Système international d'unités. The SI standard builds on an earlier system of measurement called the meter-kilogram-second (MKS) system.

The Bureau international des poids et mesures (BIPM) is responsible for promoting and describing the SI standard. Known as the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in English, the organization was established in 1875 and operates under the supervision of the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM). The CIPM comes under the authority of the Conférence générale des poids et mesures (CGPM), also known as the General Conference on Weights and Measures.

At the heart of the SI standard is a set of seven defining constraints that serve as a foundation for all units of measurement specified in the SI standard.

The hyperfine transition frequency of the caesium-133 atom (∆νCs) is 9,192,631,770 hertz (Hz).

The speed of light in a vacuum (c) is 299,792,458 meters per second (m/s).

The Planck constant (h) is 6.62607015 × 10-34 Joule seconds (J s).

The elementary charge (e) is 1.602176634 × 10-19 coulombs (C).

The Boltzmann constant (k) is 1.380649 × 10-23 Joules/Kelvin (J/K).

The Avogadro constant (NA) is 6.02214076 x 1023 particles per mole (mol−1).

The luminous efficacy of monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 × 1012 Hz (Kcd) is 683 lumens per watt (lm/W).

According to SI documentation, the constants provide a "fundamental, stable and universal reference that simultaneously allows for practical realizations with the smallest uncertainties." All units identified in the SI standard can be derived from these seven constants.

### International System of Units (SI) base units

Prior to 2018, seven base units provided the foundation for the SI standard. In addition, the standard defined multiple derived units. However, the standard now builds on its seven constants, and all defined units are derived from those constants. That said, the standard retained the concept of seven base units, along with the additional units derived from the base units.

All SI units can be expressed in terms of standard multiple or fractional quantities, as well as directly. Multiple and fractional SI units are defined by prefix multipliers and powers of 10 ranging from 10-24 to 1024. The seven base units are defined as follows:

**Meter (**

**m**

**).**Unit of length. One meter is the distance traveled by light through a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 (3.33564095 x 10-9) of a second. The meter was originally defined as one ten-millionth (0.0000001 or 10-7) of the distance around the earth's surface, as measured in a great circle passing through Paris, France, from the geographic north pole to the equator.

**Kilogram (**

**kg**

**).**Unit of mass. The value of the kilogram is now based on the Planck constant, which is 6.62607015 × 10-34 J s. Prior to 2018, the kilogram was defined as the mass of a specific international prototype made of platinum-iridium and kept at BIPM headquarters. Before that, the kilogram was defined as the mass of one liter (10-3 cubic meters) of pure water.

**Second (s).**Unit of time. One second is the time that elapses during 9.192631770 periods of the radiation produced by the transition between two hyperfine levels of the Cesium-133 atom in an unperturbed ground state. It is also the time required for light to travel 299,792,458 (2.99792458 x 108) meters through a vacuum.

**Kelvin (**K

**).**Unit of thermodynamic temperature. The value of the Kelvin is now based on the Boltzmann constant, which is 1.380649 × 10-23 J/K-1. Prior to 2018, a Kelvin was considered equal to 1/273.16 (3.6609 x 10-3) of the thermodynamic temperature of the triple point of pure water (H2O).

**Ampere (**

**A**

**)**Unit of electric current. The value of the ampere is now based on the elementary charge, which is 1/1.602176634 × 10-19 times the elementary charge e per second. Prior to 2018, the ampere was based on the force between two current carrying conductors that fixed the value of vacuum magnetic permeability at 4π × 10−7 H m−1.

**Candela (cd).**Unit of luminous intensity. The value of the candela is now based on the luminous efficacy of monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 × 1014 Hz, which is 683 lm/W. Prior to 2018, the candela was the measure of electromagnetic radiation, in a specified direction, that had an intensity of 1/683 (1.46 x 10-3) watt per steradian at a frequency of 540 terahertz (5.40 x 1014 hertz).

**Mole (mol).**Unit of an amount of substance. The value of the mole is based on the Avogadro constant, which is 6.02214076 x 1023 mol−1. One mole has exactly 6.022169 x 1023 elementary entities.

The SI standard also includes units derived from the base units. The derived units are defined as products of powers of the base units. For example, one derived unit is the newton, which can be expressed in terms of base units as 1 kg m/s2. Other derived units include the hertz, the pascal (unit of pressure or stress), the ohm, the farad, the joule, the coulomb, the tesla, the lumen, the becquerel, the siemens, the volt and the watt.

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